Need To Know


TRANSPORT: You will need a car to reach us, and to consider a stay at this location. We have on-site parking for 5-6 cars. Read Amanda’s article to understand why you will need a car in Tuscany.
FOOD: We offer the opportunity to cook/prepare your own food, on all whole days of your stay. It’s so easy to rustle up a gourmet Summer meal in our area, with the correct equipment, and impossible to resist the local specialities offered in the hill towns. We have a double-equipped modern garden kitchen and 2 BBQs exclusively for our guests.
LOCAL RESTAURANTS: We are well served for eating out, with several excellent restaurants close by—including a historic steak house, at our neighbour’s organic ranch, one mile away. There are good places to enjoy local specialities within a few minutes’ drive in all directions: Read about our local favourites at our Local Restaurants page. Weekend nights must be booked in advance. We are happy to reserve for you, email us.
PLEASE NOTE: Nothing, including supermarkets, is accessible on foot!

BREAKFAST Our ‘Farmhouse’ Breakfast [Fresh cut seasonal fruit, homemade yogurt, fresh baking, local, home smoked bacon and our own pastured eggs] is included in the rates, and available from 9:00 AM

THE FARM: This property is essentially a luxury homestead or ‘Podere’ and we continue the tradition of keeping some heritage breed livestock: We have a very special breed of bantam, typical for these types of farmhouses until the 1950s, as well as a few ducks and geese, who provide wonderful pastured eggs for your breakfast. The birds are hand reared by us and used to people—they will ignore you and go about their business. The larger birds are excluded from the areas you will use, including the pool gardens, but the little Bantams can fly and cannot be contained. We do have a few roosters in the flock who will crow at sunrise, more softly than a standard-sized chicken. We love the sensation of being made aware of the dawn, and deciding to sleep in! In addition, we produce Saffron and Olive oil.
RECEPTION: We are definitely not a hotel. Perhaps the biggest difference is that we cannot accept spontaneous arrivals: We must expect you, to accept you on-site. Spontaneous arrival is very ill-advised, not only because the entire property is walled and gated: You may be waiting at the gates for a long time if we are not expecting you. Contact us at least 12-24 hours in advance to request earlier than standard [4:00 PM] arrival. About late arrival [later than 8-9:00 PM] Please tell us about this, with your journey/flight details as soon as you can.